By Alyce Collett
Throughout the 2019 Eastern Region Women’s Outer East Division season, Healesville were the team to beat, and they have had a debut season to remember.
The season started with a 62 point win over Thornton-Eildon, and was followed by a 26 point win over Belgrave. The next two rounds saw wins over Yarra Junction and Upwey Tecoma, while round five saw the smallest win of the year, a seven point win over Belgrave.
Round six saw the battle of the undefeated sides, with Healesville getting the chocolates over Monbulk. Round seven saw the biggest win of the season for Healesville, a 97 point win over Thornton-Eildon, and last weekend Healesville defeated Yarra Junction by 50 points.
Their winning ways continued in the second half of the season, with a 38 point win over Belgrave, followed by a 78 point win over Upwey Tecoma. They then followed this with two slightly smaller wins, a 41 point win over Yarra Junction and then a 56 point win over Thornton – Eildon. They warmed up for the finals with two wins from as many matches, against Upwey Tecoma and Monbulk.
This left Healesville clear on top at the end of the season, with no losses to their name.
In the first week of the finals, they defeated Monbulk despite being pushed all afternoon and almost losing it. This then gave them the week off and in the Grand Final they once again defeated Monbulk and claimed the Premiership.
The Grand Final was a perfect summary of their season. They were dominant from the opening bounce and were a class above their opponents. They were definitely the worthy Premiers of the Outer East Division.
It was a bit of an underestimate to say Healesville had a dominant season. They won every game, and most by a massive margin. Their biggest win was 97 points, and in eight of their matches this season they won by over 40 points.
On an individual note, Jaimee Petersen was the top goalkicker for Healesville this season, kicking 27 goals for the season. Danielle Carrucan was second on the tally with 16, and Dannielle Jones kicked 14 goals. No one was able to beat Carrucan’s five goals against Yarra Junction in round eight for the highest individual game tally for the season.